The Cut

The Cut Germany (2014) Dir. Faith Akin I apologise in advance for the lack of objectivity and detail in this review but as regular readers will know, I am hard of hearing thus rely on subtitles. This film is a European production with a global cast but most of the dialogue is in English and … Continue reading The Cut

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes) France (2015) Dir. Elie Wajeman “Love made me become an anarchist” As good a reason as any I suppose, but it turns out love was the downfall for the titular anarchists in this second feature from up-and-coming French director Elie Wajeman - that and a pedestrian script for what could have … Continue reading The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa to be different. While other Asian or non-English speaking directors seek the glamour and big budgets of Hollywood to ply the trade beyond their home markets, Japan’s top psychological horror auteur chose France for his overseas cinematic … Continue reading Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Heal The Living (Réparer les vivants)

Heal The Living (Réparer les vivants) France/Belgium (2016) Dir. Katell Quillévéré Some film directors find a niche and stick with it, for better or worse, while others like to expand their creativity from film to film, covering a number of themes, styles and genres. France’s Katell Quillévéré fits in the latter category as her three … Continue reading Heal The Living (Réparer les vivants)

Samba

Samba France (2014) Dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Immigration is a tricky subject to make a rom-com out of and the directors of the international crowd pleaser Untouchable don’t exactly deliver much of one, but they do present a thoughtful and conscientious yarn about finding love when the political system is against you. Senegalese … Continue reading Samba

Grand Central

Grand Central France (2013) Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski Quiet often when there is a love triangle, the third person to enter the fray and upset the harmony of the established relationship is referred to as being “toxic”, especially if they have a reputation that precede them. In the case of the illicit affair detailed in this … Continue reading Grand Central

The Past

The Past (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Artificial Eye) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Four years after deserting his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and her two daughters Lucie (Pauline Burlet) and Léa (Jeanne Jestin) from a previous marriage, Iranian Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to France to finalise the divorce. Arriving back at their former home, … Continue reading The Past

Our Children

Our Children (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Saffron Hill) Running Time: 111 minutes approx. At first the relationship between Belgian junior school teacher Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) and Mouni (Tahar Rahim), a young Moroccan doctor, is a blissful union up until the marriage, which reveals the first signs of the controlling personality of Mouni’s adoptive Belgian … Continue reading Our Children

Free Men (Les hommes libres)

Free Men (Les hommes libres) France (2011) Dir. Ismaël Ferroukhi In occupied Paris, 1942, an Algerian immigrant Younes Ben Daoud (Tahar Rahim) makes a living selling black market goods to fellow immigrants with the intent of returning home with enough money for his family. A police raid sees him forced into playing the role of … Continue reading Free Men (Les hommes libres)